I’m about to leave ATL with a swollen and aching jaw and a bunch of new prescriptions. I hope modern medicine–not to mention the commercial airline industry–comes through for me soon.

Here are some remains of the day:

* Obama announces steps to deal with Central American border crossings, and the humanitarian crisis they’ve created.

* Toobin notes that in one day SCOTUS went from releasing unanimous decisions to perfectly reflecting nation’s partisan and ideological divisions.

* The Atlantic‘s Julie Beck notes that SCOTUS allowing individuals to make their own determinations on a scientific fact: when conception–and contraception–occurs.

* At Ten Miles Square, Jonathan Bernstein argues that Republicans complaining about Obama’s supposed violation of his statutory authority in various areas might consider amending the statutes in question before trying to sue or impeach him.

* At College Guide, Conor Williams warns progressives that strong public support for much strong early childhood education investments masks big difference of opinion on who should invest what and where.

And in non-political news:

* France sends Nigeria home in World Cup on late goals.

That’s it for this scattered Monday. Let’s close with a song that mentions both oral hygiene and Hobby-Lobbyish religious conservatism: Devo with “Praying Hands.”


Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.